Sunday, May 01, 2022

Call It What It Is

MSNBC's Tiffany Cross recently spoke to Democratic National Committee chairperson Jaime Harrison about the strategy, or lack thereof, of the Democratic Party as it heads into mid-term elections.  If Harrison's approach is representative of the Party and there is not a dramatic reversal of the national mood, Democrats face a bloodbath.

Though accurate, Harrison's diagnosis of the problem is largely accurate. Asked by Cross "there's a lot of criticism from Democrats around messaging. Why do you think it is? Harrison notes

.... You think about the Republican Party right now. This is a party that's built on fear. It's built on fraud. I would like to say it's also fascism.... they're tinkering on fascism right now in the Republican Party.

Fear, fraud, and fascism. The alliteration is appealing. However, it is not enough. Unfortunately, Harrison continues

The Democratic Party, in contrast, has to be a party about hope. It's about aspirations. It's about providing safety and security to people.... That's the message we have to get out there.

Think about that for a moment. The GOP is about fear, fraud, and fascism, and its likely nominee for the US Senate seat from Georgia is a Texan accused of beating his wife. And a recent poll has him leading the incumbent, Reverend Raphael Warnock, beyond the margin of error. 

This is not about "aspirations" and the chance that the Democratic Party will convince American voters that it about safety and security is between zero and five percent, with five percent on its way out of town.

The murder rate is rising in the nation, as the public is continually reminded, and not only by Fox News and other right-wing outlets, but by CNN and actual news organizations. Shots of thousands of immigrants clamoring to get into the country adorn the airwaves and social media.

Comprehensive immigration reform may be a long-term answer but it is not a short-term answer and people want answers now. Republicans are more likely to give them that, arguably from a place of racism, inarguably from a place of fear.  Similarly, there are long-term answers to crime but voters want an answer now and if the American people believe- as they commonly do- that African-Americans are responsible for what a half-century ago was termed "crime in the streets," they're not going to look for Democrats for solutions.

Gun-safety legislation would help mitigate violent crime. However, that's a long-term response and in the periods between school shootings, Democrats are silent (see above) about crime.  Additionally, the Party, with some elected officials and prospective elected officials from gun-friendly states, is unable to speak as one about the issue.

Nonetheless, among the options is one which Republicans have presented to Democrats on a silver platter:

New video of scandal-ridden GOP Rep Madison Cawthorn having his crotch felt by a close male friend and staff member is at the center of a complaint calling for an investigation into him and filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics today, can reveal.

Notice "scandal-ridden,' as in this is not Cawthorn's first rodeo featuring bad behavior. The report continues

The extraordinary footage, obtained exclusively by and seen here for the first time today, shows Cawthorn, 26, in a car with his close aide and his scheduler Stephen Smith, 23.

Cawthorn sits in the driver's seat apparently filmed by Smith as he adopts an exaggerated accent and says, 'I feel the passion and desire and would like to see a naked body beneath my hands.'

The report continues

The camera then pans back to Smith who says, 'Me too' as Cawthorn can be heard laughing. Smith then films himself reaching his hand over and into Cawthorn's crotch.

The video is one of several exhibits filed in support of the ethics complaint drafted by political group Fire Madison Cawthorn.

Cawthorn appeared to allude to the scandal on Thursday in a tweet which said: 'Many of my colleagues would be nowhere near politics if they had grown up with a cell phone in their hands.'

The complaint has been filed by a private organization. If its members had waited for Democrats to raise a peep about this, they would have had a long wait because Democrats, by their silence, seem to believe this behavior is normal.

"Perverted" can be defined as "relating to sexual behavior that you consider to be wrong or not normal," wherein "you" is the typical American voter. Yet, Democrats will not state the barely arguable- that Republican Madison Cawthorn is a pervert- or even the inarguable, that Cawthorn's pattern of behavior is perverted.

Without evidence, Republicans claim Democrats are "groomers." With evidence in front of their noses, Democrats will not accuse any Republican of engaging in perverted behavior.

There are two possible reasons for the latter. Perhaps Democrats want to promote the view of CNN and much of mainstream media that the enemy is Donald Trump (along with his worshipers) and only Donald Trump. No doubt you've noticed that, confronted with the failure of Republican officials to confront the former President about anything, Democratic officials often maintain "but in private, Republican senators (or Representatives) tell us they don't like what Donald Trump is saying or doing and want him to leave the scene...."

The other possibility is that Democrats, as supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community, do not want to wade into arguments about sexuality. This reticence is perverse (not perverted) because it mistakes nurture for nature. Madison Cawthorn wasn't born to behave in this manner. He does it because he chooses to do it. He can be made the face of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party is not normal. But it wins elections that way. The Democratic Party is not normal in that it ignores perverse behavior in antagonists. It will lose elections that way.

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